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Army reservist visits resting place of family lost in fires

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Police officer and Army reservist, Kynan Lang’s uncle and cousin both perished in Adelaide’s fires.

Police officer and Army reservist Kynan Lang was in Adelaide to visit his family when he heard the tragic news his uncle and cousin were victims of the deadly Kangaroo Island blaze.

Instead of enjoying a family holiday, Lieutenant Lang spent today assisting in the recovery effort and visiting the place his loved ones died protecting their home.

Dick Lang, 78, and his 43-year-old son Clayton were trapped by flames earlier this month as they returned to the family property after fighting the blaze for two days.

The two victims were discovered on the Playford Highway near Gosse on January 4.

Lieutenant Lang paid a heartfelt tribute to the pair today, kneeling in front of their memorial and placing a cross for each of the men into the blackened earth where their bodies were found.

"Dick and Clayton were prominent members of the South Australian community who rose to the top in their chosen professions," the family said in a statement.

Known as "Desert Dick", Mr Lang was a pioneering bush pilot and safari operator who opened up the outback to travellers from Australia and overseas.

He first offered 4WD adventures in 1965, later adding aircraft trips to all corners of Australia and other countries, from Papua New Guinea to Africa.

"He loved the bush, he loved adventure and he loved Kangaroo Island," the family said.

They said Clayton, one of Mr Lang's four sons, was one of Adelaide's leading plastic and reconstructive surgeons, specialising in hand surgery.

He was supervisor of surgical training and clinical lead of hand surgery at Adelaide's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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"Dick was married to his beloved wife Helen for more than 55 years, having met her in 1959," the family said.

"Helen and the family are heartbroken and reeling from this double tragedy and are touched by people's thoughts at this difficult time."

The Langs also thanked Country Fire Service volunteers, police and members of the Kangaroo Island community who were helping all those affected by the catastrophic fire.

With AAP

Source: 9News

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